Lindsay Jobst

Muskingum University Set to Open New Library

by Lindsay Jobst on October 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm

A project years in the making, construction on Muskingum University’s newest addition is coming to a close.

Muskingum University is joining the digital revolution with its brand-new, state-of-the-art, Roberta A. Smith University Library. The modernized facility not only adds 15,000 square feet to the existing 23,000-square-foot space, but also features Technology Centers in all different areas of the building.

“We have many study spaces, open lounge and inviting spaces, plus collaboration stations that feature flat screen panels and students can connect their digital devices, laptops, tablets, phones and work on a presentation together,” said library director, Sheila Ellenberger.

Aside from the technology improvements, students will also have access to 50 million books, 12,000 electronic journals and 150 research databases. The Media Center is also moving into the digital era, featuring educational films, documentaries, electronic maps and historical documents.

“We have several study rooms that are also collaboration areas to work in, we have a reference and research center where there will be computers provided for students, basically at each of the 48 stations,” Ellenberger said.

This Friday, the university will officially dedicate the library to distinguished alumnus, Roberta A. Smith. Library doors are expected to open the first day of spring semester.